Dewey’s Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

Dear Grown-ups, Welcome to Dewey’s Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. Activity options have a nautical theme and are intended to be enjoyed together. Complete three activities “in a row” on the Tic-Tac-Toe score card to receive a prize. Retrieve your prize at the Ephraim Historical Foundation by phoning ahead 920-854-9688 or contact When your child claims their prize, their name will be entered in a free drawing for a Dewey the Border Collie stuffed toy. The stuffed toy is also available for sale at the EHF. Entry Deadline: August 31, 2020.

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Challenge each other to design a boat with one piece of aluminum foil. Which design works best? What happens when you lay pennies port side, or all by the bow? What do your experiments tell you about boat safety?

Captain, May I?

This game reinforces listening skills and following directions. Play this version of the classic child’s game Mother May I while teaching port (left), starboard (right), bow (front) and stern (back). The objective is to reach the bow by asking, “May I walk to the bow?” Saying the word “may” is required. “You may take 3 steps to the bow.” Variations are many, for example, hop like a frog, if you’re wearing shorts, backwards, take 3 steps to the port, etc.

Setting up the game: Draw an outline of a boat with chalk on pavement safe from traffic. Label each side of the boat. Alternative: Use a sheet as a boat. Lay the sheet on the grass. Label each side of the boat with a piece of paper.

Extensions: Encourage children to “play” in the boat, decorate and draw on their imaginary boat, sing a “Row Row Row You Boat” with stuffed animals as passengers, etc. Always play in a SAFE place, away from traffic.

Smallmouth Bass Nest

In Door County, Smallmouth Bass spawn (make baby fish) in June, when water temperatures reach 62º F or more. The male smallmouth chooses quiet water near shore, like Weborg Point in Peninsula State Park. He “sweeps” gravel and sand in circle to make a nest. The nest is underwater and a few feet wide. He may build several “practice nests” until he builds one he likes. A male and female Smallmouth Bass swim above the nest, rubbing against each other. While resting on the bottom, spawning occurs and there are tiny fish eggs in the nest. The female swims away. The male bass stays by the nest to chase away predators. In about five days, the eggs hatch into FRY (baby fish). protects the nest against predators who might eat the fry (baby fish). The male stays a few more days until the fry are old enough to swim away.

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